Towards the end of the 17th century, under the reign of the Sun King Louis XIV of France, in Brittany, Count Guy de Rohan is dispossessed of his great wealth and exiled due to the villainous schemes of the Royal Steward and Alain Polduc, a jealous relative. His son is dead, but his daughter, Valentine, remains. For fifteen years, using several different identities, including that of the She-Wolf, the mysterious leader of the rebellious Wolves of the Forest of Rennes, she organizes a web of intrigue, the sole of aim of which is to restore her daughter and her brother’s son to their rightful estate.Paul FÉval’s The She-Wolf (1856), is a companion novel to his earlier novel, The White Wolf, and another thrilling contribution to the vast tapestry of the story of Brittany after the French Conquest.
Journalist Joseph Josephin, aka Rouletabille, is an idealized projection of its creator, Gaston Leroux, and was originally conceived as a "rival" of Sherlock Holmes and Arsène Lupin. He "borrows" his prodigious deductive powers from Auguste Dupin, M. Lecoq, Holmes and Hercule Poirot, and solves the mysteries he encounters using what he calls "the good bit of reason." The Rouletabille series has justly become a classic of detective literature. Martin Gately, author of the authorized sequel to Philip José Farmer's The Green Odyssey, has also written the Starblazer comic book published by DC Thomson and occasionally contributes to the British edition of the Fortean Times. His latest work is an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Pirate Blood as a comic book. Martin is also a regular contributor to Tales of the Shadowmen, where the Rouletabille stories gathere in this collection were first published..
Have you ever wondered what happened to some of your favorite heroes (and heroines) of classic literature after the last page of their adventures? Did they quietly retire to play Scrabble or do macramé? Or did they have further adventures, as yet unrelated? John Peel opts for the latter - and reveals some of the hitherto-unknown adventures they enjoyed, perils that they faced and companions they discovered.
Professor Lindenbrock never did make it to the center of the Earth... or did he? Professor Moriarty plunged to his death after a clash with Sherlock Holmes. Are you quite sure of that? Did you ever wonder why the Germans never managed to take Paris in World War 1? Could it be...? Nijinsky took Paris (and the world) by storm with his dancing in the Twenties. And Stravinsky changed the sound of classical music with The Rite of Spring. But did you know that this almost didn't happen? Biggles was the greatest fighter ace the British had in World War 1 - but when did he take his first solo flight? And why? And how did someone suspiciously like the Lone Ranger really come into being?
Return with us now to those daring days of yesterday - days of steam and shadows...
In the summer of 1921, young doctor Francis Ardan and his father are exploring the most remote regions of Upper Siam (now Thailand), when they encounter a dying man whose skin is the color of jade. His revelations lead the intrepid father-and-son team to discover the existence of Inramonda, a secret, underground realm ruled by an immortal tyrant known as His Eternal Wisdom, whose subjects are a race of artificially created “Jade Men.” He plots to seize power in Southeast Asia.Scientist and world-saving explorer Doctor Ardan was created in 1928, five years before Doc Savage, by French author Guy d’Armen. The Fall of Inramonda, originally published in 1935, has been adapted by the award-winning team of Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier. The book also includes a Doc Ardan novella by renowned Doctor Who author John Peel.
HOMICRON is a NASA scientist whose body is inhabited by a mysterious alien from planet Alpha. STARCYB is a servant of the Towers, supremely powerful cosmic entities. FUTURA is a mysterious woman from a parallel dimension. JALEB is the secretive agent of a Galactic Federation of telepaths. JAYDEE is a teenage, alien metamorph, abandoned on Earth as a baby, and who may well be the deadliest killing machine in the universe... These characters, all "strangers" to Earth, are brought together by TANKA, a former jungle lord who has been recruited by entities from our planet's farthest future to be their "time agent" and is now empowered to protect our world from extra-terrestrial menaces. In this fourth volume of Strangers, the quest for Kera, the ancient weapon of the Twilight People, begins... we will examine crucial moments in the lives of our heroes, heralding major events on the horizon... You will see the return of Dick Demon and finally discover the origins of the Towers and the Twilight People.
You will rediscover two old acquaintances: the Bronze Gladiator, prince of Arena in exile on Earth, already seen in Strangers #0, and the Zorr-Ko, a powerful Fomor android seen in Strangers #3. A newcomer is the Sparrowhawk, none other than the descendant of Don Juan Ortaga y Perez whose adventures were told in The Frontiersmen.
Paris 1806: The terrible Ange and Jean Tenebre are back in Paris, on a rampage of blood and terror through the streets of Napoleonic France. The undead brothers, ghoul and vampire, are following the commands of Strix, a Satanic witch whose evil actions nearly brought down the Sun King, Louis XIV, decades earlier.
Pitted against these ancient monsters are swordmaster and vampire hunter, Jean-Pierre Séverin, the Exorcist Baron Franz Karnstein, the lovely swordswoman Sylvia Dardi, and a Thugee priestess from India, who has her own, secret agenda. Together, they must stop Strix and the Tenebre Brothers before they can reach the unfathomable, terrifying land known as Selene, the Vampire City...
Frank Schildiner is the author of the Napoleon's Vampire Hunters series, three Frankenstein novels, Irma Vep and the Great Brain of Mars, and is a regular contributor to the popular TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN series. This novel, like its two predecessors, draws from characters created by legendary French author Paul Féval.
Gun Gallon was created in 1968 by the legendary Italian artist Lina Buffolente. It was one of Editions Lug's longest-running series, lasting until 1983. In the early 2000s Gun Gallon returned as part of the Hexagon group of heroes and, since then, has guest-starred in a recent series of Strangers. Gun Gallon is a pure fantasy hero in the mold created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The recap episode presented here, drawn by famed Mexican artist Alfredo Macall, was designed to reintroduce the character to a new audience, as well as retell his origins...
By what miracle did he become the Champion of the world of Orios? What mysterious power drew him to this planet with two suns and three moons? And why? Who was responsible for the cruel deaths of his parents and, later, his wife? What hidden help did he receive along the way? How did he become a member of Hexagon ? Did he really fight alongside the Guardian of the Republic? And who made his companion Milord the Supreme Sorcerer of Orios? All these answers and more in this book, recounting the legend of Gun Gallon...
Also included here is an 11-page back up featuring DICK SPADE, REVENANT.
Young Morgane Gorlyer works for a prestigious French fashion magazine, but she is also the descendant of the original, much maligned, Morgan Le Fey, an enchantress who was King Arthur's sister and heir to the secrets of Vivien, the Lady of the Lake, Queen of Avalon. With her boyfriend, Faust (the son of Goethe’s character), who was cursed to spend his life as a black cat until Morgane freed him. she is forced to thwart the evil schemes of her jealous childhood friend Alecto and her deadly companion, Lord Raven, and face the awesome might of the dark god Shivar himself… This 44-page occult saga, which transports us from the dark woods of ancient Brittany to the swanky haunts of London’s high society, is brilliantly illustrated by renowned Argentinean artist Mauro Lirussi.
1968. Donald J. Trump, moonlighting for the Tsar’s secret police, is dispatched by his handler to Tijuana to stop a diabolical plan by Republican terrorists to restart a colonial war between the French and Mexican Empires.
Tsar? Empires? This satirical novel, starring the most unlikely secret agent of all, takes places on a dystopian alternate Earth where history diverged from ours in the 1800s and most democracies never arose.
Moving at a brisk pace, this tale of international intrigue and espionage that never was is the first adventure in a new series dedicated to the exploits of the spy who loved himself.
“Francis le Lapin” is the nom-de-plume of a renowned Belgian writer who was once the editor-in-chief of the celebrated newspaper Le Fureteur and is also the
The Frontiersmen: In the 1860s, the U.S./Mexico border is the theater of strange phenomena, the appearances of monstrous creatures and supernatural threats. To fight them, Stormshadow, the powerful shaman of the Twilight People, gathers around him The Sparrowhawk, Don Juan Ortega y Perez, the legendary hero who fights injustice in war-torn Northern Mexico, and the mysterious Drago, a Texan Avenger trained by an Indian Shaman who is descended from a long line of heroes. In this, their first adventure, the newly-assembled “Frontirezos” must defeat the vampiric hordes of Shadrak, or risk the collapse of time itself…. Codename: Glory: Soeurette Lagloire looks like a young and pretty Haitian girl who’s come to New York to become a singer, but few know that she is, in reality, Jaydee’s sister, Salamandrite No.57, a terrifying living weapon created by the legendary Weapon Makers of Zade from another galaxy. Occasionally assigned perilous mission by her CLASH handler, she must now tackle the fearsome Zombie Master who lurks somewhere in the abandoned tunnels of the New York subway...
The Hexagon Group was born either in 2002, when they made their first retroactive appearance in Strangers #1, or in the 1960s, depending upon how one looks at it. Like The Justice Society of America and The Avengers, the group gathered together a single team of different heroes published by Editions Lug in their own series between 1964 and 1974.There is Jeff Sullivan, a.k.a. the Man of Brass, descended from a long line of heroes; the powerful Dark Flyer; the beautiful Black Lys from France; joined here by a bevy of new members, such as astronaut Max Tornado; the African sorcerer Mozam; Gun Gallon, exiled from an extra-dimensional realm; the Lakota warrior Rakar; and Plasma, Jeff’s own daughter.In the four stories collected in this volume, Hexagon faces the Heptagon group, an evil cabal comprised of its deadliest enemies; fight sJeff’s evil brother; teams up with the French Guardian of the Republic; and is almost defeated by the evil Necromancer.Art by Juan Roncagliolo Berger and Eduardo Garcia.
Anthology featuring characters from the Hexagon Comics Universe, selected and introduced by Romain d'Huissier & Jean-Marc Lofficier.Stories by CÉdric Burgaud, Nelly Chadour, Fabien Clavel, Tepthida Hay, Julien Heylbroeck, Romain d’Huissier, Jean-Marc LainÉ, Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier, Ghislain Morel, Alex Nikolavitch, Yohan Odivart, Frank Schildiner and Krystoff Valla.
Translations by Michael Shreve.
Since the dawn of time, tales about larger-than-life heroes have fascinated humanity.The powerful Bronze Gladiator goes after a ring of child-kidnappers... Young Morgane matches wits with Robin Goodfellow… Prince Kabur of Hyperborea rids a dying city of the demons which infest it… The Man of Brass faces an incomplete, god-like entity… Sibilla investigates a haunted penthouse in Tribeca… The two Dark Flyers team up against a deadly crime cartel… Plus Homicron, Count Saint-Germain, Kit Kappa, Ozark, Stormshadow and more…
Hexagon Comics is one of the oldest French comics universes, with origins going back to the 1950s. Reinvented and modernized in the early 2000s, some of its best and most original characters are featured in this collection that brings together the talents of 14 French and American sci-fi authors.
The Hexagon Group was born either in 2002, when they made their first retroactive appearance in Strangers #1, or in the 1960s, depending upon how one looks at it.Like The Justice Society of America and The Avengers, the group gathered together a single team of different heroes published by Editions Lug in their own series between 1964 and 1974.There is Aster from the negative dimension of Zhud; Jeff Sullivan, a.k.a. the Man of Brass, descended from a long line of heroes; the powerful Dark Flyer; the beautiful Black Lys from France; Dax, the Mysterious Archer; and White Mask from the African Republic of Zambola, all brought together to fight the evil Melanos, Aster’s archenemy.Later Hexagon finds itself in Zambola facing a terrifying new threat... A mysterious insect-like civilization threatens to overwhelm the Earth, turning its inhabitants into a hive. What past secret connects the Dark Flyer to the Hive Queen? What fateful decision must Black Lys take to save the planet? And what compels White Mask to leave Hexagon forever?Art by Juan Roncagliolo Berger and JosÉ Luis Ruiz PÉrez.
Who is the mysterious enitity who has transported the indomitable GUARDIAN OF THE REPUBLIC to Mexico in the 16th century? And for what obscure reasons?
The course of history is being threatened by the invasion of the powerful Baal-Sagur, a.k.a. THE NECROMANCER, who intends to chase the Spaniards and other Westerners from the New World and seize control of the American continent for himself. But the villainous mastermind did not plan for the intervention of CAPTAIN DRAGUT and his lovely companion, the vampire SCARLET LIPS...
What role will the GUARDIAN play in this frantic battle for the future of the New World? And will the TIME BRIGADE from the 41st century be able to thwart the machiavellian traps that an old enemy of theirs has laid across the strands of time?
This historical epic by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Alfredo Macall starts on New Year's eve and spans three eras in a mad quest for the control of the future.
Voir Dire! Verum Dicere... To speak the truth... Now referring to the cunning probing to which jurors and experts are subject during a trial in order to force them to disclose any bias or explain their background -- here, illustrated by fifteen stories in which some of the bravest heroes and most despicable villains are tested to their limits by friends and foes alike!
The Domino Lady faces FantÔmas--twice! Felifax crosses paths with Mowgli... Madame Palmyre encounters Randolph Carter in CelephaÏs... Count Saint-Germain investigates the Legacy of Atlantis... Captain Vampire runs to become President of Russia... Joseph Rouletabille and Harry Dickson team up in London... Jean-Pierre SÉverin the Vampire Hunter is sent on a mission to New Orleans... Doctor Eric Palmer investigates a murder at a pirates' gathering... All this, plus ArsÈne Lupin, Doc Ardan, Doctor Omega, the Nyctalope and the ever-dangerous Black Coats!
In the year of our Lord 1542, Captain Dragut returns from a perilous mission to the Sargasso Sea, when his ship is attacked by the bloodthirsty privateer known as Captain Hook. Taken prisoner to the island of the Croatoan, a tribe of shapeshifting beast-men, Dragut is saved by the intervention of a beautiful female vampire nicknamed Scarlet Lips...
In a second story, Dragut and Scarlet Lips team up to fight the dreadful inquisitors of the Holy Providence, who have been puirsuing the Captain and are responsible for the death of his mother...
The adventures of Captain Dragut are inspired by the life of a real historical privateer born in 1485, who died at the siege of Valetta in 1565. Following in the footsteps of Conan the Freebooter and Captain Blood, writer Jean-Marc Lofficier and Mexican artist Alfredo Macall have combined forces to tell a seafaring saga of creatures and corsairs, magic and monsters, in the 16th century.
When a trio of powerful super-villains brings the U.S. to its knees, incapacitating all adult heroes, the only hope left are... THE KIDZ!Brought together by the eccentric scientist ARCHIE BOLT, a new team assembles, composed of IVAN WOLONSKY, teenage psychic, the sub-aquatic champion MARINO, motorcycle master MOTOMAN, energy construct creator QUBE, super-genius SUPERBILL and, from the depths of cyberspace itself, the amazing FL@MBO!
Together, they fight their first battle against the triumvirate thas has forced the surrender of the United States!The teenage heroes of the Hexagon Universe gather for the first time in this book-length saga by J.-M. Lofficier and Mexican artist Alfredo Macall.
HOMICRON is a NASA scientist whose body is inhabited by a mysterious alien from planet Alpha. STARLOCK is the former servant of supremely powerful cosmic entities who has managed to escape from his Martian prison and is hiding on Earth. FUTURA is a mysterious woman from a parallel dimension. JALEB is the secretive agent of a Galactic Federation of telepaths. JAYDEE is a teenage, alien metamorph, abandoned on Earth as a baby, and who may well be the deadliest killing machine in the universe...
These characters, all “strangers” to Earth, are brought together by TANKA, a former jungle lord who has been recruited by entities from our planet’s farthest future to be their “time agent” and is now empowered to protect our world from extra-terrestrial menaces.In this third volume of Strangers, which completes the second season of the series, the Strangers at long last confront the supremely powerful galactic entities known as the Towers, who desire to recapture Starlock. Meanwhile, Futura faces up to the deadly Zorr-Ko and the god Coyote, while Jaleb is hunted by the Galactic Federation. Special guest-stars: Ozark, master of the Mystic Arts, Stormshadow, shaman of the Twilight People, and the Hexagon group!
Six full-length stories written by Jean-Marc Lofficier with art by Sergio Fernandez Davila, Mariano De La Torre, Anthony Dugenest, Alfredo Macall, Victor Nava and Alfonso Ruis.
The TWILIGHT PEOPLE, hidden for centuries, are awakening, thirsty for their ancient rituals of blood, reaady to strike in the City of Angels in this new millennium... But then comes the one able to fight the forces of darkness... Returning to Los Angeles to investigate the death of his father and the disappearance of his brother, the young RICHARD DAMON discovers the existence of a monstrous conspiracy spanning millennia... Story by Jean-Marc Lofficier; art by J.M. Arden & Manuel Martin Peniche; cover by Manuel Martin Peniche; colors by Anthony Dugenest & Studio Cique.
Meet the oddest superheroes ever – Baron Sarcasm, a Scrooge-like, wealthy, cantankerous elderly man living in a castle somewhere in the French countryside; his niece, the pretty, spunky Mademoiselle Mademoiselle, also a brilliant inventor, her son Gizmo, and their cousin, a gentle giant nicknamed Captain Camembert. Together, they built a rocket in their backyard shed in 1954, went exploring into outer space, and returned today, having barely aged a day, now transformed into… The Lunatic Legion! But are they the same astronauts who left half a century ago?
Discover the origins of the Legion and its first adventure in two stories by writer Jean-Marc Lofficier, French artist Cyril Bouquet and Spanish-born artist David Lafuente, known for his work on Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man and The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong.
In 1720, Nicolas Treml de La Tremlay is a pro-independence Breton lord. One day, he decides to go and have a duel with Philippe II, Duke of OrlÉans:, Regent of France. If he wins, Brittany will be free, but if he loses, he will be sentenced for crime of lÈse-majestÉ. Before he leaves Brittany, he makes an agreement with his cousin, HervÉ de Vaunoy so that his grandson, Georges, will inherit his vast estate if he dies. But Georges is just a five-year-old child and Nicolas is imprisoned in the Bastille with his faithful servant, Jude Leker. Meanwhile, the villainous HervÉ tries to drown the boy to steal his inheritance. But a mysterious albino known only as Jean Blanc watches and rescues the infant.
Twenty years later, the forest of Rennes near Treml has become the lair of the Wolves, a band of poor peasants who want to take revenge upon the local lords who oppress them. The Wolves' leader is a mysterious masked man called the White Wolf. A young officer of the King of France, Captain Didier, is sent to Brittany to suppress the rebellion and capture the White Wolf. But the crime committed by HervÉ twentuy years earlier casts a large shadow, and events unfold in a way no one could have predicted...
In this remarkable historical novel -- amongst his first, published in 1843 -- Paul FÉval throws a light on a little known period of French history, while evidencing his fascination for criminal gangs and masterful villains. In The White Wolf, he makes use of the obin Hood myth, but also anticipates the characters of Zorro and The Scarlet Pimpernel in the operson of his eponymous masked avenger.
Galaor de Montbars, Musketeer of French King Louis XIII, is forced to flee France because of the schemes of the sinister Cardinal de Richelieu. Later, he is transported far, far into the past to MÛ, the legendary fifth planet, the destruction of which produced the Asteroid Belt.
On this world of gold, steeped in legends, rich in treasures and secrets, a cosmic crossroads where the gods of the past and the men of the future have clashed, Galaor fights the undead armies of Lord Kesh, the witches of the Isle of Doom, and other dark forces that threaten the Topaz Throne of Empress Nikkan...This prodigious saga of word & sorcery is illustrated by Alfredo Macall, Philippe Xavier, and StÉphane & Oliver Peru.
HOMICRON is a NASA scientist whose body is inhabited by a mysterious alien from planet Alpha. STARLOCK is the former servant of supremely powerful cosmic entities who has managed to escape from his Martian prison and is hiding on Earth. FUTURA is a mysterious woman from a parallel dimension.JALEB is the secretive agent of a Galactic Federation of telepaths.JAYDEE is a teenage, alien metamorph, abandoned on Earth as a baby, and who may well be the deadliest killing machine in the universe...These characters, all “strangers” to Earth, are brought together by TANKA, a former jungle lord who has been recruited by entities from our planet’s farthest future to be their “time agent” and is now empowered to protect our world from extra-terrestrial menaces.
In this second volume, from Paris to New Orleans, Jaleb and Futura search for Wathan, the secret agent of the Great Mind who seeks to plunge Earth into total chaos. Meanwhile, Homicron faces the judgment of her own race on Alpha and Tanka and Jaydee face another Salamandrite on the island of Haiti. With special guest-stars: Phoenix, Hunter and The Dark Flyer!
Strangers takes place entirely in the over 70-year-old fictional universe of Hexagon Comics, one of France’s oldest comics publishers which, from the 1950s to the 1980s, published nearly 300 popular comics starring numerous characters in genres as varied as superheroes, westerns, science-fiction, horror, heroic fantasy, jungle action, war, and historical swashbucklers.
Established in 1950, Hexagon Comics is France’s oldest comics publisher, with a universe of characters as diverse and varied as Marvel’s or DC’s.
This profusely illustrated 300-page history, assembled and edited by RJM Lofficier, includes articles by Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Joe Kubert, Roy Thomas and Mike Baron, ten comics stories, four prose stories by America’s best pulp authors, illustrations by Paul Pope, Stan Sakai, Steve Rude, Steve Bissette, Jean-Claude Forest and dozens of the world’s best comic artists, interviews, biographies, characters’ profiles, a text that traces the history of Hexagon, from its first publication in 1950, and more.
HEXAGON COMICS: THE FIRST 70 YEARS is “a discovery of unsung European comic books, heretofore unseen by American readers” (Will Eisner), and an “eye-filling collection of some of the best series that Hexagon produced during its long and lustrous history” (Stan Lee), not to be missed by any true comic-book aficionado.
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